In what county do you file a small claims case?

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In what county do you file a small claims case?

The rental house is in one county and the property manager lives in another. If I sue him in small claims for negligence related to the rental house, what county do I file in?

Asked on July 13, 2011 under Business Law, Idaho

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

A lawsuit can be filed where the plaintiff resides or where the defendant resides or where the claim arose.  You can file your lawsuit in either your county or the county where the property manager resides.

For your convenience in filing documents with the court and your court appearance, it would be advisable to file the lawsuit in the county where you reside.  Your damages (the amount you are seeking to recover in your lawsuit) should also include court costs.  Court costs include the court filing fee and process server fee.  To reduce the cost of the process server, you should select a process server in the city or if not possible, near the city where the property manager resides.  Process servers are listed under attorney services in the Yellow Pages or online.


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